Black Kites patrolling azure skies accompanied us on much of our travelling through northern India.
Now, I don't understand why I entertained any apprehensions concerning visiting India. Some advice was proffered by well meaning friends along with anxieties as a result of my own too vivid imagination - none of which materialised. We remained free of the traveller's dreaded "Delhi Belly" probably as a result of eating in clean establishments and each being given a litre of pure water every day. It was a wonderful journey, and we would happily return to see more.....
wonderful birds - Hoopoe
flowers - Tecoma stans - yellow bells
and even Holy Cows!
From the grandiose to the humbling, the contrasts in India are huge - a lumbering elephant ponderously negotiates the busy traffic in Delhi
It is impossible to imagine the plight of this little family living on a traffic island in central Delhi. Mother, father, grandparents, and 9 small children, some of which were running dangerously amongst the cars begging. The tree their protection from the weather and place to hang their clothes, the ground their resting place.
Flew into Delhi and enjoyed exploring its buildings along with Sir Edwin Lutyens architectural designs for New Delhi. Took a train to Agra and visited two of India's most iconic monuments. Flew north to Kashmir sitting in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain chain where we stayed on a Royal Houseboat in the middle of Dal Lake, Srinagar, summer retreat of both the Mughal Emperors and the British Raj
Above all we met lots of beautiful, friendly and very welcoming people
More tales from India soon